Archives for February 2011

Give Away

Hey Everybody,

This is a GIVE AWAY close to my heart.  These are the lists I commissioned my dear friend Jessica to make for me this year.  Jessica donated these lists to us for our next give away!  Yea!  Thanks Jess!  You can purchase these lists from Jessica by emailing her at for $7 + shipping or you can WIN them!!!!

Want to WIN!?! Here is how these lists and a cool set of pens can be yours for free!!!

1. Become a new follower of our blog
2. Comment on any post from February 7th to February 25th.  
3. Share our blog on your blog or on Facebook
Leave a comment here to tell us what you did!

Three ways to enter your name in the drawing!

What do you win?
There is a To Do list with check boxes at the end of each line.  The best part is crossing it off the list.
There is a short list for a few big stores.
There is a Grocery List broken out into sections of the store.  This is my favorite.  It cuts down your shopping time.  You are more organized at the store.  If you go with your husband you can give him a couple sections of the store and you two will be done in no time.
Whoever wins will also get a cool set of pens to go with it!  It’s more fun to write on a list with great pens!

Good luck!  We can’t wait to hear from you!
We will Draw on Friday, February 25th!

Our Life : Awww

Aww, my baby broke her arm at school yesterday!  After one evening of mom being in denial. (I have to admit, I rolled my eyes a few times and thought seriously, is it that bad?) We went to the doctor today and sure enough, she broke it.  She slipped and fell on the ice at recess.  She ran out of school yesterday and gave me a one of those hugs where, I could feel that she really was hurt.  I still debated though if I should take her into the doctor or not.  Do you do that?  I do.  I have to say, this time I went with my gut and did it.  I keep learning that I need to hear my kids, listen to them and trust them.  I have questioned my kids a few times lately, as far as sickness goes. Now I see, that in both situations, the best thing I could have done is listen to them.  This is a grace FULL home for mom too as I learn.  Today, I feel good, I made the right choice to keep her out of school and take her in to the doctor.  It’s the little things in life and she is on the mend.  One of the highlights of the experience was after a lot of waiting, her little brother and I watched her get her x-rays.  After the imaging kind and enthusiastic tech came out and he gave us the disc of the images.  I said thank you and off we went.  Her brother yelled back to the tech, “Hey, BYE! Thanks for taking care of my sister!  I love you.” he said in his toddler deep growl voice.  The waiting room of somber hospital patients lit up for a brief second and we went on our way.

She has a Buckle fracture also called a Torus Fracture.  Angled buckle fractures in the proximal and distal radius. (A) Note the angled buckle fracture in the proximal radius (arrows). (B) Normal side for comparison; the cortex is smooth. (C) A similar angled buckle fracture (arrows) in the distal radius. (D) Normal side for comparison; the cortex is smooth.  From Medscape.

Sharing the Good Stuff : Last Ditch Effort


Oh God you are my God and early I will seek you.  Psalm 63:1

How many of us run to God first when we have a problem?  I know that I try to pool all my resources of self preservation (worry, problem-solving, talk to Jon or my friends, more problem-solving, stress, and a little chocolate) first, before I go to God in prayer.

I read a great devotional from Joyce Meyer on this topic that I wanted to share:

“Sometimes I marvel at how long we can struggle in a situation before we think to talk to God about it and listen for His voice.  We complain about our problems, we grumble, we murmur, we tell our friends, and we talk about how we wish God would do something about it.  We struggle with situations in our minds and in our emotions, while we often fail to take advantage of the simplest solution there is: prayer.  We are all guilty of saying last-ditch-effort things like, “Well, nothing else is working, so maybe I should pray.”  Do you know what that tells me?  It tells me that we really do not believe in the power of prayer like we should.  We carry burdens that we do not need to bear–and life is much harder than it has to be–because we do not realize how powerful prayer really is.

Talk to God and listen to what he says about everything, not as a last resort, but a first response.
~Joyce Meyers  Hearing from God Each Morning p.26

Book Club : Love and War

I wanted to share a few of my favorite quotes from the book  Love and War by John and Staci Eldredge and my own thoughts on love this Valentine’s Day at the end.  Love and War was a great read!  Scott and I read it together.  We need to do that.  It gets us talking and thinking about our life and marriage.  We usually feel more connected, motivated and honestly prepared to deal with the next challenge life has for us.  One of the best things for us that came from this book is, to remember to pray together because, God has answers for us!  Instead of us leading the charge, lets pray and see what God thinks.  It takes some pressure off us and, we are seeking his way together.  Well, on to my favorite quotes.  I hope you enjoy them.  I hope you get the book!  If a marriage book isn’t for you, try The Sacred Romance by John Eldredge.  It’s really rich.  It’s not weird (it kind of sounds weird)!  I wouldn’t recommend a weird book to you.  It’s really good!  It was foundational for me.  I hope you check both of the books out.

From Love and War by the Eldredge’s

“Deep in the well spring of our hearts there is a desire for intimacy, beauty and adventure.”p. 2

“The serpent in the garden is really the Prince of Darkness…..
Life is a love story set in the midst of desperate times, set in the midst of war.  It is a story of a shared quest.  It is a story of romance.” p. 3

“There are stories of danger; there are stories where evil is very, very real.  There are stories which require immense courage and sacrifice.” p4

“What did the ancients know, that they placed vows a the core of this ceremony?” p5

To be known, to live my life with and, to lean on their strength.
To be believed in, to have a companion on a great adventure, beauty.
p. 20-21

“We love because he first loved us” 1 John 4:19

Isn’t love the greatest joy of human existence?  And the loss of love our greatest sorrow?  Do not the two great commands confirm this?  “Love the Lord your God with all your heart… and your neighbor as yourself” Luke 10:27  Love, for this is your destiny.  Love God, and love each other.  The banners that fly over God’s kingdom are the banners of love. p. 27

“love one another sincerely, from the heart.” 1 Peter 1:22

“Beloved, let us love one another.” 1 John 4:7

“A new command I give you- love one another.” John 13:34

The heart is God’s most magnificent creation, and the prize over which he fights the kingdom of darkness.
Now consider this — marriage is the sanctuary of the heart.  You have been entrusted with the heart of another human being.  Whatever else your life’s great mission will entail, loving and defending this heart next to you is part of your great quest.” p.37

From me, Jen, these are my thoughts on  love today.
It’s worth fighting for.
Love out lasts and grows even after death.
Grieving is loving. Love and grief, they are interwoven and tied as a knot.
I can’t stop thinking about a close friend of mine, whose mom, was diagnosed today with stage 3 cancer.  I think of her parents marriage and think, their love will be taken to new levels in this trial.  With tears I close and I am thankful we get to go through this life with love.  I am thankful for the love in my family and my love goes out to my friends tonight. 

Finally, a peace and confidence that is ours in love.
“None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.”
Romans 8:37-39 in the Message

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day to all our readers!

Amy and Jen

This adorable card was made by A Fanciful Twist. 
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